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09.01.2020 Crime & Punishment

Man Wins 4 Contracts With ‘Fraudulent’ Documents: Case Sent To A-G

Man Wins 4 Contracts With ‘Fraudulent’ Documents: Case Sent To A-G
LISTEN JAN 9, 2020

The Central Regional Police Command has referred the docket on a case of alleged forgery and fraud involving the Managing Director of Tacoa Construction Limited, Mr Henry Tackie, to the Attorney General’s Department for advice.

Mr Tackie was arrested after investigations pointed out that he allegedly presented fake bonds to secure four separate contracts from the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

The total contract sum for the four projects is GH¢38.17 million.

He was arrested on December 12, 2019, but was released the same day on police enquiry bail.

Crime officer
The Central Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Reuben Asiwoko, told media men that UCC petitioned the Regional Police Command of a fraudulent deal by Tackie after finding out that he presented fake documents to secure contracts.

Mr Asiwoko indicated that Mr Tackie was arrested in Cape Coast and his statement was taken and subsequently charged with forgery of documents and fraud.

“Investigations have been conducted and the docket has been referred to the Attorney General’s Office for advice,” he explained.

The Regional Crime Officer explained that Tackie allegedly presented the fake documents for contracts including the construction of three-storey regional study centre at Zuarungu in the Upper East Region, the construction of a three-storey multi-purpose building at Cape Coast campus for the College of Distance Education (CoDE), the construction of a three-storey regional study centre for CoDE at Jumapo in the Eastern Region and the construction of office block for the School of Business in Cape Coast.

Different companies
Mr Asiwoko explained that the contracts were secured using two different construction companies, namely: Tacoa Construction Limited and Barony Construction Limited, both of which Henry Tackie is the Managing Director.

As a condition for entering the contract, Barony Construction Ltd and Tacoa Construction Ltd were required to submit valid performance securities from a bank or insurance company.

“Barony Construction and Tacoa Construction, ostensibly in fulfillment of the above condition, presented bonds and securities which were purported to have been issued by Societé Generale Bank,” he said.

He added that upon investigations by the UCC, Societé Generale Bank revealed that the bonds were fake and had not been issued by the bank.

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